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The History of London


Published March 28, 2009


LibriVox recording of The History of London, by Walter Besant. Read by Ruth Golding.

Walter Besant was a novelist and historian, and his topographical and historical writings, ranging from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century, were probably best known through the detailed 10-volume Survey of London published after his death.

This earlier single volume covers, in less depth, the whole period from prehistory until the 19th century. The book appears originally to have been written for boys, and, indeed, the chapters are called "Lessons". However, it is a very readable history and provides a fascinating insight into both London's past and the government of the City at the time the book was written (1894). (Summary by Ruth Golding)

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Reviewer: lanternland - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 4, 2013
Subject: Extremely interesting
Extremely interesting, and superbly read by Ruth Golding.
Reviewer: Teutonic girl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 22, 2012
Subject: Superb
This is a wonderful and utterly fascinating story, very well written, and marvellously read.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2011
Subject: Interesting popular history
Very much reflects Victorian values. Excellent reading.
Reviewer: theharpist - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2011
Subject: easy-listening history
This book is fascinating to listen to. It seems to be intended for children, but it is an absorbing cultural/political/geographical/social overview. The reader is excellent.
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